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Crowsnest Pass will soon see the development of an off leash dog park in Hillcrest, after numerous local residents indicated their interest and support of such a development last year.
A report outlining a proposed plan for the integration of the park into the community was presented to Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council by Municipal Director of Finance and Corporate Services Marion Vanoni at a special budget meeting which was held last Tuesday, March 20th.
During her presentation, Vanoni informed Council that a group of citizens met with a member of Administration in 2011 to discuss ideas and move the initiative forward.
“We have had very strong interest in the development of such a park,” said Vanoni, adding that off leash dog parks are becoming an important and desirable service in many Alberta communities.
Director of Planning, Engineering and Operations Frank Besinger also noted that such a park would be a desirable alternative to motorist passing through the community on Highway 3, who could take their dogs to the park, instead of taking them out on the side of the highway.
Vanoni said Administration is currently investigating a potential site for the park, the site of the former tennis courts and ball park, as the area has been deemed a desirable location due to accessibility, potential for a smooth transition, and location.
The report identified benefits of this location to include close proximity to the SPCA facility, connectivity to the community trails system, ability to be serviced with water, the fact that it would not have a detrimental impact on residential areas, and that the majority of the area is already bound by chain link fencing.

The existing ball field located in the area of land is currently under ownership of Byron Hills Resources and leased to the Municipality, but Vanoni noted that Administration has contacted the property owners, who indicated they would support the transfer of use.
“We are going to move forward with this,” said Vanoni.
The projected total cost of development of the dog park is estimated at approximately $10,100, with $7,000 allocated to addition of approximately 60 metres of fencing and a gate, $1,400 for the installation of dog waste systems (galvanized posts with waste receptacles and dog waste bag dispensers), $900 for the installation of two benches, picnic tables and garbage receptacles, and $800 for signage.
The park will be maintained by municipal employees and its development plan will be a component of the Parks and Greenspace Master Plan which is currently being developed by Administration.
The park will also be included as a maintained area within the Turf Maintenance Policy which is presently in draft stage and which will be presented to the Policy Committee in April.
For information on further items which were discussed at the March 20th budget meeting, see next week's Pass Herald.
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